To demonstrate Christ’s love in an under-resourced community by elevating and improving the quality of neighborhood life through empowerment and partnerships.
Our core values define our behavior, shape our strategy, and set our priorities. We embrace and embody these values in all we do, as we believe this is what we must do in order to bring true Christian community development to North Memphis. We MUST:
1 Make Disciples for Jesus Christ by offering Biblical teaching, counseling and mentoring.
2 Empower People in our community by providing opportunities for educational and vocational advancement.
3 Build Life-on-Life Relationships by crossing racial and economic divides.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2002, Oasis of Hope began partnering with an underserved neighborhood north of downtown Memphis. Few Memphis communities have faced harder times. Crime, economic decline, and infant mortality rates are among the highest in the country… education, employment, and annual income are among the lowest. This is the area made infamous by the rap lyrics from Three 6 Mafia: “North Memphis where I’m from, I’m 7th Street bound / Where people all the time end up lost and never found.”
It doesn’t happen overnight, but today hope is spreading across this community in North Memphis. Thanks to God and the genuine efforts of hundreds of volunteers and supporters, Oasis of Hope is building life-on-life relationships with neighborhood families, changing hearts, and creating an “oasis” in the center of an urban neighborhood. Together we’re improving the quality of neighborhood life and rebuilding the community through empowerment and partnerships…together, we’re making sure more don’t get lost.